SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Mike Nolan's 3½-year tenure as coach for the San Francisco 49ers offered few highlights on the field.
FLOWERY BRANCH, - A slip of the tongue gave away Atlanta coach Mike Smith's focus.
ATLANTA - It's 2010 all over again for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Nearly every time Julio Jones reports to work, the second-year Atlanta receiver seeks out position coach Terry Robiskie.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez has no intention of pulling a Ray Lewis before retirement.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons know what it takes to win in the regular season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Last year's playoff disappointment hit so hard that Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith needed to change his staff from the top.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have more than home-field advantage to help their chances against Seattle in the playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White has gotten over his initial disappointment of missing out on the Pro Bowl for the first time in five years.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan refused to accept the rationale for why the Falcons were not motivated for their last regular-season game.
ATLANTA - Falcons starters are not expecting a short day against Tampa Bay on Sunday just because they've clinched home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons disagree with the idea they have little to play for in Sunday's final regular-season game against Tampa Bay.
DETROIT - The Atlanta Falcons have proven they're good enough to dominate a division leader.
The Falcons' financially conservative approach to this year's free-agent signings may have been influenced by hopes of keeping star wide receiver Julio Jones from leaving next year.
Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.
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